West of Frances

Theatre (new writing, comedy)

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  • theSpace @ Surgeons Hall - Theatre 3
  • 11:00
  • Aug 24
  • 50 minutes
  • Suitability: 14+ (Guideline)
  • Country: United Kingdom - England
  • Group: Not Jaded
  • Warnings and additional info: Contains Distressing Themes, Strong Language/Swearing
  • Accessibility:
    Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
    May not apply to all performances. You'll find more information about accessibile performances and how to book tickets in the accessibility tab below.
  • Babes in arms policy: Babies do not require a ticket
  • Policy applies to: Children under 18 months

Description

Frances has decided to fly to Dublin to spit on Sister Ina Marsh's grave. It's an act of revenge long overdue. Ina Marsh, after all, is the woman who left Frances' then-teenage grandmother without so much as a friend in Jesus. Frances' grandmother has curious and inconvenient ways of making her presence felt. This darkly humorous piece tracks one woman's saliva-fuelled odyssey to rectify the wrongs of history, whilst bringing both Franceses, young and old, to life. It's a work which explores family, thwarted journeys, and whether doing the right thing is ever as right as intended.

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General venue access

  • Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
  • Accessible entry: Information not supplied
  • Wheelchair access type: Level Access

  • Stairs: Information not supplied

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Lesley Warner 85 days ago

While I enjoyed the show - it was an interesting story, confidently performed - I did expect the Irish characters to be, well, Irish. The young Frances's university tutor is portrayed as being from the north of England, but her Irish grandmother, the older Frances, and Ina the nun whose grave she plans to spit on, both speak with the same RP as the young Frances. A change of accent would have made it easier to differentiate between the speakers and given more weight to the scenes set in Dublin.

Peter Louch 85 days ago

A brilliant performance.
Always captivating and entertaining ,in equal measure.
Good to see a good audience.
Well done.

Steve Norman 88 days ago

Excellent and captivating one woman show - but more than one voice. Never has a departure lounge been so interesting. Full house - highly recommended.

Teresa Watkins 89 days ago

Highly recommend this. An absorbing and memorable hour of theatre in the company of six (i think) remarkable women, all beautifully performed by just one, Ella Blackburn. Must see.

Simon Tyrrell 90 days ago

Beautifully written (Alannah Lewis) and acted (Ella Blackburn) - what a refreshing way to start the day. Warm, funny, poetic, cutting. Highly recommended.

alison carlton 93 days ago

What a great show! Slightly fell into it and what a gem. Well written and well acted.
Highly recommend


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LondonTheatre1 (4/5 stars) 84 days ago

This darkly humorous piece tracks one woman’s saliva-fuelled odyssey to rectify the wrongs of history, whilst bringing both Franceses, young and old, to life. It’s a work which explores family, thwarted journeys, and whether doing the right thing is ever as right as intended.

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The Scotsman (3/5 stars) 88 days ago

Frances works in obituaries, but no-one is dying. ...

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Ed Fringe Review (5/5 stars) 92 days ago

Alannah Lewis’ script is heartfelt, comically dark, and a brilliant examination of right and wrong...

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Ed Fringe Review (4/5 stars) 92 days ago

Quick, observant and wistful...

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